Each year we have approximately two (sometimes three) set of eclipses. I am saying a set, since we typically find that a solar eclipse will be followed by a lunar eclipse or vice versa. Solar eclipses always occur on a new moon day and lunar eclipses always occur on a full moon day. Also, Lunar Eclipses can be partial or total in nature and Solar eclipses can be partial, total or annular.
Keep in mind that depending on where you are on earth i.e. in which region, a particular eclipse that is occurring may or may not be visible i.e. it cannot be observed in your region. This becomes extremely important, since the energetic effects of these eclipses are noticed, are felt only in those areas where they are visible. Aaaand depending on the extent they are visible, we will find their effects on people and vegetation of that region.
So why are these Surya and Chandra grahan, i.e. Solar and Lunar eclipse important? It is because during an eclipse, these luminaries get blocked and along with them, our source of vitality- our very existence… our body, our mind feel blocked and get impacted!
Typically, we find that Solar eclipses are more powerful and seem to have more obvious effect on larger groups of people. For example, following a solar eclipse, leaderships in teams, companies, organizations and so on tend to change, government tend to have major changes and even have been known to collapse, civil unrest is seen more predominantly following a powerful solar eclipse.
Lunar eclipse on the other hand provide a more personal transformation period. Unsettled emotions, past hurt, pain and fears may surface, so we can consciously address them. Also, many a times- people may experience intense emotions which they are not able to understand or assimilate and they could cause explosive behavior!
Now keep in mind these are intense energies and they will impact each one of us in varying degrees of intensity. How it is specifically going to impact you as an individual would be determined by where you are situated and how much you come under the influence of these eclipse energies. Which in turn would be dependent on your own grahas.
Now typically this information is obtained by looking at a Vedic (sidereal) astrological chart but considering all the confusion that exists around how these charts are calculated; not to mention lack of ethics that surrounding the astrological business, it is best to consider simply working with graha energies and strengthening their positive presence in your life. If you are aware of some good, authentic Jyotish or can learn this wise science, then surely do go ahead. Jyotish can provide lot of guidance in how best one can progress in their spiritual pursuits.
So, as I was saying… how any eclipse will affect you will depend on a lot of factors. Also, these eclipse energies are felt many days in advance. People who are sensitive to energies could feel them sometimes even weeks in advance!
The eclipse energies are challenging only for outward material situations. So, if one is solely focused on material pursuits or involved in material working during these eclipses, then that is when we find challenging issues. These eclipse times are great for spiritual practices. It is believed that any kind of prayer, sadhana or meditation conducted during an eclipse will bear lots of good fruits in the shortest possible time.
So, it is important to be cognizant of these eclipses and when they are occurring. When they do, check out if they are visible in your region and if yes, then to take proper physical and energetic care to try your best to protect yourself from any adverse effects and to tap into as much as possible into the spiritually beneficial energies.